The Six Shooter - Single Episodes
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THE SIX SHOOTERThe Six Shooter brought James Stewart to the NBC microphone on September 20, 1953, in a fine series of folksy Western adventures.
Stewart was never better on the air than in this drama of Britt Ponset, frontier drifter created by Frank Burt. The epigraph set it up nicely: "The man in the saddle is angular and long-legged: his skin is sun dyed brown. The gun in his holster is gray steel and rainbow mother-of-pearl. People call them both The Six Shooter." Ponset was a wanderer, an easy-going gentleman and -- when he had to be -- a gunfighter.
Stewart was right in character as the slow-talking maverick who usually blundered into other people's troubles and sometimes shot his way out. His experiences were broad, but The Six Shooter leaned more to comedy than other shows of its kind. Ponset took time out to play Hamlet with a crude road company. He ran for mayor and sheriff of the same town at the same time. He became involved in a delighful Western version of Cinderella, complete with grouchy stepmother, ugly sisters, and a shoe that didn't fit. And at Christmas he told a young runaway the story of A Christmas Carol, Substituting the original Dickens characters with Western heavies. Britt even had time to fall in love, but it was the age-old story of people from different worlds, and the romance was foredoomed despite their valiant efforts to save it.
So we got a cowboy-into-the-sunset ending for this series, truly one of the bright spots of radio. Unfortunately, it came too late, and lasted only one season.
It was a transcribed show, sustained by NBC and directed by Jack Johnstone. Basil Adlam provided the music and Frank Burt wrote the scripts. Hal Gibney announced.
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- 2006-07-23 07:07:03
P.S. think my favorite episode is "Ben Scofield."
Subject: Beyond the Plains
I agree the "aw shucks" demeanor of Ponsett was a bit much. Still, among the finest series radio has to offer.
Subject: Jimmy Stewart
Subject: Floyd D. Barber
Subject: Great, Classic Voices in a great show.
I am so glad that James Stewart and Frank Burt came together to bring us this show. Unfortunately, it came at a time when sponsors had turned to investing less in radio and more in television. But we are fortunate that the recordings survive.
Subject: Floyd the barber
Subject: Quite Uplifting
We fans of the laid back storyteller version of the west, come here to relax and feel the family atmosphere of being around a campfire. The stories are fun, creative and even clever. They strive to teach something in each episode. Good old fashioned radio. I love it.
Subject: Amazing Radio Series
Subject: Six Shooter worth SIX stars - A True "Mother of Pearl"
Subject: One of my favs
Subject: A Really Good Show
Subject: Variable Big Star Series
That said, a number of thse shows make good use of their big star, and this show dares to go offbeat in directions that other adult westerns dare not tread. Yes sir, JS has to take on girls tryin to marry him, a little boy who has turned away from Christmas, a Cinderella story, a production of Hamlet, and a maiden aunt who wants to keep house for him. Most of this is handled rather gently, and things can get bland from time to time.
But, fortunately, JS is playing someone who is good with a gun, and a few of the episodes get dark. In these cases, the mood isn't noir bleakness, but a leisurely melancholy that is effective in its own way. (The best episode involves a woman who insists her husband is alive, even though he was reported dead in an indian war. That episode resembles the best of Gunsmoke, and even sees JS finally losing his temper in a way enthusiasts of the Anthony Mann westerns will recognize.)
This is a good series -- but expect the JS of Destry Rides Again, not the fellow in all those 50s movies.
Subject: An angular and long-legged review
Subject: Great Show!
Subject: Show ended
Subject: Well that's a relief!
Subject: Quite Possibly The Best Radio Show Ever
Subject: quality show and recordings but so so acting
Subject: Wish there were more.
Subject: Top Tier of Western Entertainment
Subject: James Stewart - A Golden Legend
Subject: Deeply enjoyable
Subject: Perfect Series!
Subject: "Now see here..."
Stewart is perfect as Ponset, the almost reluctant hero, and the stories range from more typical Western fare (outlaws, crooked sheriffs) to more unusual morality plays.
Wonderful for a lazy afternoon.
Subject: the six shooter the as good as radio shows get
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